Children Under 16 – First Time and Renewal

Online Appointments Are Necessary.

The Embassy in Tokyo does NOT store laptops or large luggage. Please see the full list of Prohibited Items.

To apply for a social security card, please DO NOT make an appointment here. Please contact the Federal Benefits Unit at FBU.Tokyo@ssa.gov


• Tokyo  • Sapporo  • Osaka/Kobe  • Fukuoka  • Naha

  • The regular processing time is about 3 to 4 weeks.
  • Original documents will be returned to you after review of your application.
  • For first passports for children born in Japan, you must report the child’s birth first. See: Reports of Birth Abroad
  • For renewing your Emergency passport, please see here.

Children Under 16
All applicants (children) must appear in person accompanied by both parents.

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship
  • Proof of parent-child relationship (original + 1 photocopy)
    – U.S. birth certificate
    – Consular Report of Birth Abroad
    – Foreign birth certificate
    – Adoption decree
    – Divorce/Custody decree
    Note: all documents must be original – no photocopies.
  • Present Parents’ valid IDs (original + 1 photocopy)
  • One passport photo
    White background /2″ × 2″ in size / no eye glasses / no uniforms
  • Form DS-11
    Complete online and print out single-sided. (How to complete the online application form)
    Please note: You must provide a Social Security number, if you have been issued one. If you do not have a Social Security number, please click here.
  • One “Japan Post LetterPack envelope” (self-addressed)
    LetterPack LIGHT: 360 yen, traceable, signature not required
    LetterPack PLUS: 510 yen, traceable, signature required
    For persons using an APO/FPO address, bring one self-addressed envelope
    *NOTE:  Effective October 1, 2019, the LetterPack envelope fee will be increased by 10 yen. For full details of this change, click HERE.
  • Passport Fees

Parental Consent for Minors

Children under age 16 cannot apply for a passport by themselves.  Both parents/guardians must authorize the issuance of the child’s passport. The best way to do this is for both parents/guardians to go with the child in person to apply for the passport.

What if both parents/guardians cannot appear in person?

Please note that an application for a Social Security Number can only be submitted after receiving the original Consular Report of Birth Abroad and Passport. To obtain a Social Security Number for your child, see further details here.